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Get On The Move While Helping Out - Volunteer In The UK!

Volunteering is a great way to do a social duty and give back to others. And for those that enjoy traveling and want to see the world, volunteering in a foreign country is a great way of helping out, while still seeing places you’ve never been. Specifically, the United Kingdom offers people a great chance to see one of the most historic countries in the world, while also partaking in a variety of different voluntary options. Here is a look at some volunteering choices in the UK and how you should go about partaking in this extraordinary opportunity.

 

What Type Of Options Are Available For Volunteering?

 

There are a variety of different options that you can choose to volunteer with if you are someone who wants to travel to the UK. If you enjoy working with children, you can consider volunteering at a youth camp or even a school, in order to help young children strive to be better educated and learn more. If you have a degree or previous work experience that is directly related to either of these fields, that will even be more appreciated when applying for volunteering, though it isn’t required.

 

The UK has plenty of relief efforts that need to be accounted for and teams like the British Blue Cross or the Royal Voluntary Service both work on volunteer efforts around England, Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. Upon applying for a job with one of these volunteer agencies, you never know where you may be placed, which is the perfect opportunity for worldly explorers and travelers. Many of the projects that these agencies work on include building homes, working with homeless citizens or displaced families and much more.

 

How Long Can I Volunteer?

The length that you can volunteer greatly depends on the type of documentation that you have and the assigned time that you are working with the volunteer group. A migration agent can better help you make this adjustment, while also providing you with more information as to how to make a smooth transition. Migration agents can also direct you in the right way to find the best volunteer options that will be perfect for you. In any event, if a volunteer company is sponsoring you and your visa, you can likely stay for extended period of times without it being a major concern.

 

What Documents Do I Need To Volunteer?

As mentioned above, you will need a visa to volunteer for an extended period of time in the UK. Migration agents can help you gather the proper documentation to get your visa, to make it a smoother process for you. You also will likely need a health check and screening before you are admitted into the country. And a migration agent can also inform you as to whether or not you need any additional documentation, which could vary by circumstance.

 

It’s time to get out and explore the world. And there are few better opportunities to do so, then by volunteering in the beautiful United Kingdom.

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A lot of young people don’t understand how volunteering can help them in the future instead see it as slavery and working for free does not appeal to them but they don’t understand that they are actually working for something.

1. Firstly there are plenty of skills you can learn through volunteering that may be useful in a workplace and could be the difference between getting a job and beating your fellow competitors for that job.

2. Volunteering can be a great gateway into getting into the workplace and before you know it you can secure yourself a job and this method of getting your foot in the door is used by many to get jobs in schools so if you are looking to become a teacher or just love working with children this is a great way to get in the door.

3. the sense of helping people less fortunate than you can be great and can give you a huge confidence boost as a lot of volunteering work involves you helping the homeless or working with old people at retirement homes.

I would recommend Volunteering to all those that haven’t given it a try.

The volunteers will be stewards keeping the crowds away from the torch but keeping them happy, this is needed because it is expected to be hundreds of people but now officials are saying it could go up to thousands due to that day being the day before the Olympic torch come to the stadium.

The torch is to be heading its way down now and will reach Southwark on 26th July. If you are looking to volunteer you will be trained to deal with crowd management and looking at possible hazards and what are the best ways to get around them.

All Olympic torch stewards will be required to attend a training session on Thursday 19 July between 5pm and 6.30pm at 160 Tooley Street and must be available from 8am to 1.30pm on Thursday 26 July.

 

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A children’s charity is calling on people in Cumbria to give up some of their time to help out at a fundraising event in the Lake District in May.
The NSPCC is looking for 30 volunteers to staff its Lake District HACK (Hike Against Cruelty to Kids) on Sunday 27 May.
More than 100 participants have already signed up to take on the 20 mile challenge walk, which starts and finishes in Pooley Bridge. The charity now needs enthusiastic volunteers to help make the event a memorable experience for the walkers.
“Helping out can be a very fulfilling experience and there are lots of different roles available. Best of all, you’ll be helping to raise money to fund our work with vulnerable children, young people and families across Cumbria and the rest of the UK.”
People can find out more about volunteering roles by contacting the Cumbria NSPCC fundraising office on 07976065305 or email lakedistricthack@nspcc.org.uk or apply online CLICK HERE

TWO former council workers have set up their own company to help people find volunteering opportunities.
Chris Bushby and Pete Read founded Discover Volunteering to give residents of Lincolnshire, Rutland and Peterborough support and advice on volunteering.
The pair were previously part of Lincolnshire County Council’s three-man volunteer advisor team and toured the county’s schools and colleges helping young people aged 16 to 25 get volunteering experience in their communities.
While the website is an important part of the company, Chris and Pete will spend much of their time meeting with potential volunteers to find out their interests and find an opportunity that suits them.
They are also meeting businesses to get sponsorship for volunteering schemes and community events. The pair are keen to hear from as many groups and businesses as possible so they can offer the widest range of volunteering experiences available.
Chris, 43, who lives in Thrapston, Northamptonshire, said: “We wanted to carry on the work we were doing because we loved doing it.
“We took the gamble to set up a not-for-profit company to see if we could carry on. It is no different to what we used to do but now we have to attract local businesses to support the community projects and the schemes we are doing with volunteers.”

A scheme which will pay council staff to do voluntary work has been criticised as “ill-conceived” at a time of public sector strife.

Opposition leader Councillor Francine Haeberling (Con, Saltford) said: “This scheme appears ill-conceived and we question whether it’s the right way for the council to support staff volunteering, given that it could cost the council thousands of pounds and put additional strain on services.

“It’s good for the council to encourage volunteering in the community and look for ways to support this. But using council tax payers’ money to pay staff to volunteer during work time cannot be the right way to do this, particularly when the authority is making redundancies and cutting back on services.

Opposition leader Councillor Francine Haeberling (Con, Saltford) said: “This scheme appears ill-conceived and we question whether it’s the right way for the council to support staff volunteering, given that it could cost the council thousands of pounds and put additional strain on services.

“It’s good for the council to encourage volunteering in the community and look for ways to support this. But using council tax payers’ money to pay staff to volunteer during work time cannot be the right way to do this, particularly when the authority is making redundancies and cutting back on services.

It said staff claiming for three days would have to give up one day of their own time and that “strong internal safeguards will be in place so that the system is not abused”.

The 2012 Olympics that will be held in London will create over 7000 volunteering roles that will be available or are already available. This is great news for all of you seeking for things to do and to help others. There is a huge variety of job roles that are included so you will have a great choice to pick from when deciding what you want to do, some of the roles include transport, sales and commercial, and Olympic operations etc. so if you want to get involved why not sign up and earn new skills that will help you with your life and who knows maybe it will set up your career and land you in a job that you’ve always wanted.

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